Hanging Around II: For the Birds. #blogjune

Previously I posted about the Hudson River Illustrations that my in-laws gifted me this Spring. Today it’s all about the birds.

Every time I have visited Australia I have marveled at the wildlife, particularly the birds.  Having been raised in Upstate NY in the 80’s the most exotic bird we encountered in our backyard was a cardinal or bluejay.  But in ordinary locations I’d see the most marvelous birds.

My in-laws noticed my fascination and sent me a set of Jeremy Boot illustrated cards.  They just sat around until we found ourselves with an extra Ikea frame that fit three of the four cards.  (Sorry Cockatoos!)

 

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Feelin’ Vine. #blogjune

If you havent already heard of Vine, it is a new-ish Social Media App for the iPhone and other smart phones. I think it is a blast. For some reason I am unable to embed the very first vine I ever posted of a fountain in Papal Basilica Saint Paul Outside the Wall.

But they are now embeddable.  Here are two I made this weekend at the Far Rockaways/Breezy Point Irish Fest.

WAYBAC Whensday: Healesville Sanctuary

Sherman, set the WABAC Machine to the late September 2011 in Healsville Victoria Australia. Today we are going to visit the Healesville Santuary!

Healesville from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.
Sonny Boy (Al Jolson) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Whenever Traveler Nell and I visit her homeland of Australia we try to balance time with her friends and family with getting out to do particularly Australian activites. In our last trip we managed to accomplish both aims by visiting the Healesville Sanctuary with her parents.
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Healesville is one of the locations of ZOOS Victoria and a place where you can have a “Magic Moments” encounter with a native specie such as kangaroo, wombats or koala. Guess which one I picked.

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In the State of Victoria it is illegal for a non-authorized person to touch a koala so whenever you see a celebrity holding one they are in some other state. This meant my close encounter would be of the Second Kind.
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But that was just fine because “Benny” was uncharacteristically awake and active, at least for most of the encounter. Now the traditional explanation for koalas typical torpor is that they are drunk from the toxins in eucalyptus leaves of which their diet consists.  But that is an over simplification.  In fact their metabolism requires so much effort to digest the gum tree leaves that they need to sleep immediately after eating. Regardless the reason, I thought it a good idea.
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*Benny may not have been his name, though I think it is, I just don’t remember.

Sweet Rome, Italia: Parte Finale

Last year Traveler Nell and I visited Europe starting in Rome. Before we had even left Lazio we had agreed that we had to return someday to the Eternal City. And so we are…only ten months later. Leading up to our return trip I am posting some of the things I love about Rome.

Numero seis: Città del Vaticano

I don’t think I could do St. Peter’s justice trying to describe it, so I put this together.

Vatican City from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.

Double Decker Twice as Nice

Last year Traveler Nell and I took a Grand European Tour, visiting some of the great Capitals of the continent. You can read all about is in her excellent blog at Jenelle.net.

I am posting a couple videos I took while there. This one is from when we rode around while in our last stop, London.

Double Decker Ride thru London from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.

An Apple a Day…

PC’s have been my computer since my first home personal computer in 1999. Then I met Traveler Nell. Since them I have gone from a generic .mp3 player to an iPod. From Treo’s and Blackberrys to iPhone4s and 5s. And now from PC to Macs.

Let me back up a bit. About three years ago I replaced my desktop computer with a reasonably priced HP laptop from PC Richards and Sons on 23rd Street in NYC. It has performed adequately since then although it has to be tethered to a cord due to a documented battery issue with the model I have, thereby negating the portability aspect of the laptop. But lately it has been sluggish and I am certain it is not long for this world. Rather than buy me a new computer, as explained in Traveler Nell’s blog last night, I would be taking her year-old MacBook and she would upgrade slightly as she uses her computer far more than I use mine.

I wasn’t expecting a seamless transition, but it wasn’t supposed to go like this. I get Nellie’s new MacBookPro home (I am taking her immaculately cared for 2011 model) and Nellie noticed something right away. See if you can catch it in the video below.

Apple Exchange from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.

In the greater scheme of things this is not a tragedy. We are still going to get a nifty piece of upgraded aluminum (or aluminium for those inclined toward the British spelling of words) that will be Streets Ahead of the pc (which now means Piece of Crap) I currently use.

WABAC Wednesday: The G Train Conductor

Sherman, set the WABAC Machine to February 2011 in Fulton Street in Brooklyn. Today we are going to learn about the how to be a great conductor for the Metropolitan Transit Authority.

There was a time when Traveler Nell and I would ride public transportation as a lark. Imagine us…with the regular Joes that commute via subway.

Well, back in those days we would occasionally get the Crosstown G train in Brooklyn. It was on this train that we would encounter the Best Conductor in the MTA.

Here is a taste of what we would hear every now and then.

Nellie Loves Drama: NYPD Edition

Nobody, and I mean nobody loves “Drama” more than my beloved Traveler Nell. And by drama I mean something that involved Flashing Lights and the occasional Siren. I mentioned this in my post from last week Fire Truck Drama. Typically though it presents itself either when we are not together, or it is out of our way. (And when I say our I really mean my. Nellie would walk well out of her way to see what was going on when flashing lights are involved.)

So how did fortune favor us as we were walking to the subway together last Monday, as we turned the corner at West Street and Rector Street, but a NYPC squad car, lights ablaze, behind a car. And not just any car, but a Bentley.

Now When I started this post I knew that Bentleys were luxury vehicles. What I was not prepared for what that the car we saw getting a ticket was worth between $296,000 and $350,000. That said, according to Cars.com, in the NYC area that model goes from $289,000 up to $377,000!!!

NYPD Drama from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.

Note: You will hear me talking in the video, but not Traveler Nell. Fortunately I COULD hear her. That is how I avoided the dog dirt on the sidewalk. Listen for me to exclaim “Poos!” and you will know precisely when that occurred.

Traveler Bill presents Star Wars

Last week I published a post on the Secret Santa at Traveler Bill Industries. In this post I included a short film of me putting together a LEGO Hobbit set.

I really enjoyed this and decided to try it again, but this time take it to the next level.

Therefore, please allow me to present Traveler Bill’s LEGO Star Wars.

Stick it out, I think you will enjoy the payoff.

LEGO Star Wars from Traveler Bill on Vimeo.